Pupil wellbeing

Supporting pupils with Type 1 diabetes

30 September 2015

Type 1 diabetes affects more than 30,000 children and there are clear legal duties regarding the support schools have to offer. Libby Dowling advises


The impact of violence and terrorism on pupils

23 September 2015

Images of death and violence are commonly relayed by the media and can have long-lasting effects on young people. Dr Stephanie Thornton gives an overview of the possible impact, suggestions on reducing fear and anxiety, and some signs to look out for


Tips for discussing child sexual exploitation

16 September 2015

Child sexual exploitation is a key challenge for schools. Caroline Bridges provides some practical advice on how we can discuss the issues around this sensitive topic with pupils


Meeting the obesity challenge

16 September 2015

A recent SecEd article offering resources to help tackle obesity and educate pupils about healthy diet and lifestyle choices inspired school practitioner Kelly Rose


Let's talk about alcohol

2 September 2015

Alcohol education is a challenging area for schools to tackle effectively. Dorothy Lepkowska reports on an evaluation of the Talk About Alcohol intervention programme



Are you ready for sports day?

11 June 2015

When preparing for sports day, there are eight key aspects that schools must consider. Marianne Pope explains


Teaching key life-skills

21 May 2015

Recent headlines about schools having to meet pupils’ basic needs inspired Karen Sullivan to think of ways we could help to tackle the wider issues


Tackling homophobia: Meeting your legal duties

21 May 2015

As yet more research shows the extent of homophobic bullying suffered by students, legal expert Paul Maddock looks at schools’ legal duties and how they can tackle the issue


Mental health: Self-harm and suicide

12 March 2015

Probably many more students than you think self-harm or have suicidal thoughts, warns Dr Stephanie Thornton. She offers her advice on recognising the early signs of problems.


Mental health: Getting students talking

12 March 2015

The Make Time in November mental health campaign got 234,000 students talking about mental health. Here, we explain more about the on-going campaign and celebrate those schools that took part.


Tackling homophobia in school

5 March 2015

The 10th annual LGBT History Month has just come to an end. Alex Newton, from charity Stonewall, offers secondary schools some best practice advice for tackling homophobia and celebrating difference.


Mental health and aggression

5 March 2015

Certain mental health conditions can lead to aggressive or violent behaviour in students. In the third of her series on mental health in schools, Dr Stephanie Thornton offers her advice.


Mental health: Spotting the signs...

5 February 2015

Continuing her series on mental health, Dr Stephanie Thornton discusses how teachers and support staff on the frontline can recognise the warning signs of possible mental health issues.


The rising mental health crisis

29 January 2015

In a new series of articles, Dr Stephanie Thornton tackles the mental health crisis, with a focus on practical steps schools can take to support pupils. Here, she discusses the scale of the problems and the reasons behind them.


Making time for our mental health

4 December 2014

Thousands of teenagers took part in last month’s Make Time in November mental health campaign, supported by SecEd. We look at how one school worked with students and how the national campaign is to develop from here.


NQT Special: Making the most of your CPD

27 November 2014

Mentoring, observation, INSET and external courses will form the backbone of your CPD during your NQT year. David Weston advises on how to make the most of these opportunities.



Discussing body confidence with students

6 November 2014

Body confidence begins with education and schools can play a crucial role. Dr Mary Bousted introduces the Be Real campaign, while Natasha Devon offers some tips for teachers.


Mental health: You don’t have to be an expert

16 October 2014

SecEd is supporting the Make Time in November mental health campaign. Here, we give some practical advice on using the campaign’s free resources to tackle mental health across your school.


Make Time this November...

9 October 2014

High numbers of students are missing out on education because of mental illness. SecEd is supporting a new campaign that is urging schools to focus on mental health, tackle prejudice and raise awareness this November.


Promoting staff wellbeing

9 October 2014

The ‘head of staff formation and wellbeing’ is not a job title found in many schools. For Tom Caston, however, this role is a vital part of the school structure.


Supporting vulnerable pupils

2 October 2014

The use of ‘structured conversations’ and associate teachers has transformed outcomes for vulnerable pupils at Lyng Hall School. Nick Bannister explains.


Mentors give students sporting inspiration

25 September 2014

The Sky Sports Living for Sport programme offers free access to athlete mentors to help pupils use sport to improve their lives. We hear some inspiring stories from its recent annual awards.


Youth justice and the role of schools

3 July 2014

What does youth justice have to do with schools? After a major report highlights serious issues within the youth courts system, Dr Hilary Emery looks at the role of schools and education.

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